Library, Museum & Signature Park FAQs

Library, Museum & Signature Park
Grand Openings of Library, Museum & Signature Park

The Grand Openings of the Signature Park, the Traphene Hickman Library and the Cedar Hill Museum of History are fast approaching! While we wait for these exciting and significant events to take place, the Zula B. Wylie Library will be experiencing some changes. As we prepare to move into the new library space, things will begin to look very different in our current library. Please take a look at the Q&A's below to learn more about what to expect in the upcoming weeks as well as information about the new library!

1. What is the new library's name and address?
Traphene Hickman Library
450 Pioneer Trail
Cedar Hill, TX. 75104

2. Will there be more study rooms in the new library?
Yes. We will have 8.

3. How many computers will be in the new library?
There will be about 40, to be split between the first and second floors.

4. Will there be a café in the new library or will there be vending machines?
There will be a social café with a popup coffee cart and snack and beverage vending machines.

5. Will you be accepting donations in the new library?
Donations will not be accepted until further notice. As we settle into the new library building, we will assess our donation procedure in the new space. Any updates about accepting donations will be posted on our website and social media.

6. Are the hours or phone number changing for the new library?

7. What is going to happen with the current library building?
At this time, the City of Cedar Hill has yet to decide what the plans are for the current library building.

8. I filled out the Recommend an Item form. If my item is purchased, when can I check it out?
All items purchased are being sent to the new library. This includes new and recommended items.

9. What days/times will the Cedar Hill Museum of History be open?
The Museum will be releasing this and more information closer to their Grand Opening.

10. Will you have solar eclipse glasses?
On April 8th, 2024 only, 2 solar eclipse glasses will be give per family or 1 per person at the new library. They can only be picked up on April 8th. They will be available at 10 am when the Traphene Hickman Library opens. The eclipse will begin at 12:23 pm and end at 3:02 pm. 

11. Will my current Zula B. Wylie Library card work at the new library or do I have to get a new one?
As long as your library card is not expired, it will still work at the new library. The name or logo on your library card will still say "Zula B. Wylie Library" but this does not effect the use of the card. However, please feel free to ask for another library card with the new library's name at the new library! If your library card is expired, please bring your I.D. (Driver's License or State I.D.) with your current address and we will give you another card or you may keep your current, renewed card. We issue library cards to anyone who lives in Texas!

12. When will items start to move out of the current library building?
Our library movers will start to move our items on February 15th, 2024!

13. When is our last day in the Zula B. Wylie Library building?
The last day to visit the Zula B. Wylie Library building is March 22nd, 2024. On this day from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we will have a Library Walkout Commemorative Celebration where there will be music, Brilliante dancers, photo ops, the Cedar Hill High School Band will perform, and there will be a last book check out celebration. This will be a celebration of having a library in this building for almost 40 years. On March 23rd and going forward, the current library building will be closed and will not reopen again. Our new Traphene Hickman Library will open on April 6th, 2024! 

14. Can I still check out items at the Zula B. Wylie Library while it is moving?
Yes. You can still check out items from the adult collection, including DVDs, large print books, fiction books, nonfiction books, biographies, Spanish items, Playaways, magazines, and look at the newspapers. The teen collection is also still available for check out which includes fiction books, nonfiction books, and graphic novels. The rest of the collections have moved into the new library building and are not available for check out. This includes picture books, juvenile fiction, juvenile nonfiction, tween items, and youth Spanish items. What is currently in the Library is available for checkout until March 19th, 2024. However, this is subject to change! Stay tuned for updates on this!

15. What if my item is due when the Zula B. Wylie Library is closed? Can I return it or should I hold onto it?
You may return your items to the Zula B. Wylie Library's outside bookdrop located on the front and right side of the building. These will be open while we transition to the new Traphene Hickman Library. You may also decide to hold onto any items and return them to the new library when it opens on April 6th, 2024. Another option is to return Zula B. Wylie Library items to any of our partner libraries which include DeSoto Public Library, Duncanville Public Library, and Veterans Memorial Library in Lancaster. Our items will be checked in at these libraries and will be sent to us. We will NOT be accepting any returned items at the Traphene Hickman Library until April 6th, 2024. 

16. Can I still place interlibrary loan holds?
No. Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests can take a month or longer to be sent to us. Because we are preparing to move into the Traphene Hickman Library within the next couple of weeks, we are not be accepting ILL holds nor will we be sending out our items to be borrowed at other libraries. Our ILL service will resume after we are in the new library. 

In the meantime, until March 23rd, if you live in the city of Cedar Hill you may visit us to receive a TexShare Card. TexShare Cards allow you to check out items from libraries who are not a part of our Best Southwest Partnership (DeSoto Public Library, Duncanville Public Library, and Veterans Memorial Library in Lancaster). This program is made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Not every library in Texas participates in this program, and libraries that do participate have their own checkout policies, but you are able to search for specific libraries that do accept TexShare Cards. Have your non-expired State I.D. or Driver's License with a current address and your Zula B. Wylie Library Card ready to receive your TexShare Card!

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